X-Blocks BasiX Ruler Templates Put a New Spin on Quilting

Sometimes being a little off-center can be a good thing. As in the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the blocks you can make with these super fun rulers by X-blocks. The unique angle of the cutting lines on this tilted template puts a new spin on quilting.

In this video tutorial, Doris and Joy of the X-blocks Ruler Template Company show you how to use the X-blocks BasiX Ruler Template with their Bloom Pattern. It’s easier than it looks, and in this tutorial Joy shares all the tips for cutting and piecing the flower blocks.


In the first step, Joy creates a block with three different fabrics from the Meraki collection by BasicGrey for Moda. She then places X-Blocks BasiX Template for 2.5″ Strips on the block, lining up the black lines on the ruler with the vertical and horizontal seams on the block. This ruler is made to work well with any 2.5″ strips or blocks, which makes it perfect for your precuts.

After cutting around the edges of the ruler, the resulting block has seams running at an angle. When you put together four of these blocks, they make a flower block.

Pro tip: Be sure to save your scraps, as they can be used elsewhere on the quilt.



How to Fussycut with X-Blocks Rulers

Did you know it’s possible to make a complex looking quilt with only 2 yards of fabric and the X-Blocks BasiX Ruler template? That’s right! No pattern required, and this technique is perfect for Fussy cutting!

For this project, you’ll want to choose a fabric with stripes or directional prints. Place the X-Blocks 6.5″ Ruler Template on the fabric with the black lines of the ruler lining up with the stripes on the fabric. Cut along the edges of the ruler, and you’ll have a block with stripes that run on the diagonal.

You can continue down the length of your fabric, cutting block after block.

Once you have a set of blocks that are going in one direction, you’ll need a complementary set of blocks that go in the opposite direction. The trick to getting a mirror image of your block is to flip the X-blocks 6.5″ Ruler Template face-down. You can give your ruler template extra grip and accuracy with TrueGrips adhesive rings.

Check out some of the beautiful quilts made with the x-blocks ruler on Instagram with the #xblocks hashtag.

Use this for borders, panels, or the next project you make. What will you use your X-blocks Ruler on?

Countdown to Christmas 2018: Day 5

Today’s Countdown to Christmas deal is:

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Remember, this deal is 24 hours only! Visit us tomorrow at 10 AM CST for the sixth day of Countdown to Christmas deals!


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All New Sew Colorful Spools Pattern

We’re excited to present a new quilt designed exclusively for the Fat Quarter Shop by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts!

Sew Colorful Spools Sampler Quilt

Corey Yoder designed the Sew Colorful Spools Sampler Quilt exclusively for our the Fat Quarter Shop’s Sew Colorful Monthly Subscription bundle. The Spools Quilt cleverly uses different colored spools to showcase fabrics from the entire year. The pattern features 6 different spool blocks that can be mixed and matched as you’d like, and it works wonderfully to use up all of those little bits and pieces of colorful fabrics you may have left over after working on your larger Sew Colorful projects. The Sew Colorful Spools Sampler quilt can be made in 4 different sizes (Crib, Throw, Lap and Full) and you can add scraps from your stash pile to make a scrappier quilt.

The fabrics from the monthly Sew Colorful Fat Quarter Club are plenty to make the spools out of. To complete the rest of the quilt top, a light and dark fabric are required. A Spools Fabric Finishing Kit with light and dark fabrics and binding is available.



Sew Colorful Spools Quilt Along

We invite you to join us for our Quilt Along! The club will ship on the 5th of each month beginning in January, and Kimberly Jolly and Corey Yoder will be quilting along with us on the blog and social media. We’ll have prizes for Sew Colorful Club members that are quilting along. Each month, members participating with the hashtag #sewcolorfulqal on Instagram will be entered to win a prize of thread and notions that go with the color of the month.


This is a beginner-friendly project, and it’s fun for experienced quilters, too. The six blocks in the pattern start with a 9 Patch Spool, a Strips Spool and increase in complexity to a Friendship Star and Fancy Free Spool. You can make the blocks from whichever colors you like. It’s up to you!

 A Peek at the First Six Months



Quilt Designer Corey Yoder

Corey Yoder quilt designer

The designs Corey Yoder creates and publishes for Coriander Quilts showcase her love for putting a modern twist on traditional block designs. She is a regular contributor to quilt magazines and books, and she is the author of Playful Petals. Quilt design quickly led to fabric design and she has been designing for Moda Fabrics since 2014. Her newest fabric collection is called Sunny Side Up.

For a peek into Corey’s day-to-day quilt and sewing projects, be sure to visit her on Instagram at @corianderquilts.  It’s where she shares all things quilty, as well as upcoming fabric collections and quilt patterns.



Have an Oh Sew Colorful Year with our newest fabric club, the Sew Colorful Fat Quarter Club! Inspired by our 2018 Year of the Fat Quarter Bundles, this club brings a bevy of new, color-coordinated basics each month! Fifteen fat quarters make up each month’s collection, a bundle based on a color like aqua, green, pink and gray. They’re all from fabric collections that are new out this year, and the bundles are curated by the Fat Quarter Shop! This club starts in January 2019.

If you love building your stash and using fabrics from all sorts of collections, this is the club to join! And with the Sew Colorful Spools Quilt Pattern by Coriander Quilts, you can sew a quilt, month by month.


Each month a new bundle color will be featured. Members will receive 15 fat quarters (a fat quarter measures 18″ x 20″) from a variety of collections in these colors:

  • January – Cream
  • February – Pink
  • March – Green
  • April – Gray
  • May – Aqua
  • June – Yellow
  • July – Navy
  • August – Purple
  • September – Orange
  • October – Black
  • November – Brown
  • December – Red


Sign up today and receive 15 color coordinated fat quarters delivered straight to your door. We are featuring a new color each month! Here is the schedule:

Sign up today to get in our newest colorful Fat Quarter Club!


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